Avid Technology is launching two new storage disk arrays that fuse SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) drive technology with fail-safe data protection to cope with disk drive failure.

Both the Avid VideoRAID ST and the SR products will continue working during a drive rebuild and because of their ‘real-time parity RAID' both will continue to operate at full performance with no data loss.

Features include real-time playback of up to two streams of uncompressed HD on eight Avid VideoRAID drives and a three year warranty on drive mechanisms and enclosures.

Kirk Arnold, executive vice president and general manager of Avid Video said: “By offering real-time parity with these new solutions, Avid is able to help eliminate the headaches and loss of valuable hours and money associated with downtime.”

The new products are available in a 5-drive tower (ST) or a 16-drive rack mount (SR) configuration.

They support Avid editing systems, including the new versions of Media Composer and Symphony and third-party applications, via an SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) interconnect.

The VideoRAID products provide the protection of parity through the use of RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) which can handle multiple streams of uncompressed SD and HD media with ease and offer a capacity ranging from 2.5TB to 16TB per editing system.

The new Avid VideoRAID solutions are expected to begin shipping during the second quarter of 2008 (spring/summer) and will cost from $4,795 for 2.5 terabyte configurations.